Nelson is the author or translator of twelve books and three chapbooks.
Her book The Homeplace won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award and was
a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award. The Fields Of Praise: New
And Selected Poems won the 1998 Poets' Prize and was a finalist for
the 1997 National Book Award, the PEN Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall
Prize. Carver: A Life In Poems won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook
Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, was a finalist for the 2001
National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Honor
Book. Fortune's Bones was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won
the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.
A Wreath For Emmett Till won the 2005 Boston Globe—Horn Book
Award and was a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a 2006 Michael L. Printz
Honor Book, and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book. The
Cachoeira Tales And Other Poems won the L.E. Phillabaum Award and was
a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her honors include two
NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, an A.C.L.S.
Contemplative Practices Fellowship, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, three
honorary doctorates, and a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of
Connecticut; founder and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers'
colony; and the former (2001—2006) Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut.
Entretien avec Marilyn Nelson, Poète lauréate du Connecticut
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